Before you write a word on your college admission forms, take some time to get organized. In the long run, making this little extra effort will pay dividends in keeping all the mail you get from college and universities in one place. This is especially true if you plan to apply to several colleges or universities.
The first step is to set up a file system to help you keep track of all the materials each institution sends you throughout the college admission process. Many students consider a file box to be the best option because it allows for the papers to stand vertically so that you can peruse the file at a quick glance. Whatever you choose to file your college admission paperwork, try not to bend the paperwork as it makes for an unprofessional looking college application and could adversely affect you chances for college admission.
At the beginning it’s probably OK to have one file per school but as you get further into the college admission process you’ll probably want to get several file for each school to prevent creating a big cumbersome mess that makes it difficult to find your college admission paperwork. With such a fat file you’re more likely to lose or crumple some of the important papers. Some of the suggested file labels you could use are a master file, the application, rough drafts, notes/correspondence, and bulletins/catalogues. Ultimately what you do is your choice, but you’ll see it’s a good idea to have some sort of system for organization your college applications that allows you to quickly find any college admission materials you need.
The second thing you’ll want to do is make blank copies of your college admission applications. We all know how easy it is to make mistakes and the last thing you want to do is screw up your college admission application. To prevent this from happening make some blank copies so you’ll have something to fall back on.
Don’t be one of the students who didn’t heed this advice and just started writing only to decide to scrap their answer and start all over again or to discover they were answering the question in the wrong place or even misjudge the space required to answer a particular question.
College admissions offices are inundated with applications and submitting a college admission application that is messy with crossed out answers or arrows and notes indicating where you wrote the answers to particular questions. There are only so many openings in the incoming freshman class so don’t give the admissions office a reason to deny your college admission before they even read your application. Follow these tips to increase the change of submitting a successful application for college admission.